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Jay Chou

A popstar phenomenon throughout Asia, Jay Chou brings unexpected gravity and depth to his portrayal of Prince Jai in Curse of the Golden Flower. Born Chou Chieh-Lun in Taiwan, 1979, Jay began playing the piano at age four. His mother supported his musical gifts and he went on to master piano and cello. Music, songwriting, and basketball dominated his high school days, and he was first noticed in 1998 when a friend sang one of his pop compositions on a TV talent contest, accompanied by Jay on piano. Alfa Music launched Jay's career, first as a tunesmith and then as a singer. In 2000, his debut album Jay quickly propelled him to stardom with numerous hits. His unique musical style is a fresh-sounding fusion of eastern and western traditions featuring strong lyrics and a personal style of storytelling.

With his soulful voice and infectious tunes, his second album, Fantasy, and five subsequent albums, have continued to win legions of fans young and old throughout Asia. He has been the best-selling Mandarin artist in the world for the past five years, with a busy performance schedule touring Asia and North America and numerous music industry awards.

Apart from many music videos, Jay began film acting in a starring role in Initial D (2005), a comedy-action hit in China. His portrayal of Prince Jai, directed by China's preeminent filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, could launch a film acting career to rival his popstar status.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Jay Chou Facts

Birth Name Chou Jie Lun
OccupationActor, Musician
BirthdayJanuary 18, 1979 (44)
BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Jay Chou compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Now You See Me 2
The Green Hornet
Curse of the Golden Flower
Kung Fu Dunk
Green Hornet / Priest / Resident Evil
True Legend
The Viral Factor
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